It seems that barely a week goes by without a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record being broken, yet the outright quickest time has stood since 1983. Stefan Bellof’s 6:11 lap in a Porsche 956 still seems barely believable, mostly because no top-level motorsport has taken place on the Nordschleife for many years. Porsche’s own 918 road car may get into the six minutes (6:57), but it’s still not quick enough to match the 31-year old record.
Now a bunch of Dutch students have set their sights on that long-standing record. They call themselves InMotion and come from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, and they are nothing if not ambitious – as well the ’Ring record, they’re also hoping for a Box 56 entry at the Le Mans 24-hour in 2017. That’s the not-for-points entry for cars using innovative technology of the future.
InMotion’s tool for the job is its IM01. It’s powered by four electric motors, each one connected to each wheel in series. With that 24-hour race in mind, it also has a rotary engine that will act as a range-extender, and regenerative braking.
To look at, the IM01 borrows from Formula One and LMP cars, with a bit of video game racer thrown in. Red Bull X2014, anyone? Downforce makes its mark on the appearance, and it has a blown rear diffuser. Just like 2014’s Box 56 entry, it has no external mirrors in a bid to reduce drag.
If InMotion is successful in toppling the Porsche 956’s record, we wonder how long its record will stand. Just how low can a Nordschleife lap time go?